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Liquid Sky (1983)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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A glitzy updating of Andy Warhol's Trash with aliens, this campy, stylish, but ultimately depressing film is one of the most keenly observed portraits of New York's early '80s downtown new wave scene. Anne Carlisle, who co-wrote the script, is terrific in a dual role as the wan lesbian Margaret and her arrogant gay nemesis, Jimmy. Tiny space aliens see Margaret shooting up and choose her to feed their heroin-like addiction to a substance produced in the human brain during sexual climax. Her

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Feb 15, 2000

Zfilms Inc

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

Liquid Sky is an odd, yet generally pleasing mixture of punk rock, science fiction, and black humor.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Anne Carlisle, who stars as both the model and her creepy male counterpart, projects a disturbing and original aura of opaque, ingrained despair.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A bizarre, often hilarious melee of weird drugs, weird sex and off-the-wall camp SF.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[This] film, with a heroine who is sometimes a hero and who is apt to show up in a red corset with matching red-and-blond skunk hairdo, can hardly be for everyone. But the right audiences are bound to appreciate the originality displayed here.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Knowingly kitsch, Liquid Sky uses the most basic effects and featuring music and fashion that were cutting edge at the time, it now looks fashionably retro.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Liquid Sky is one of the forerunners of the quirky American independent movement that exchanged substance for style, and, love it or hate it, is a true original.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Outrageous fun, this film is New Wave chic, satire, self-parody, science fiction, and certainly one of the more accessible independent features ever made.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Capturing the manner and humor of a comic strip about punk culture, Liquid Sky is the brain product of Slava Tsukerman, a Soviet emigre in NY; like the aliens in his cult flick, he explores the exotic pleasures denied him in his native country.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Bad, but sometimes fascinating. It's genuinely strange and, at least, truly independent.

July 8, 2004

Truly a punk quirk film...

December 24, 2003
Blunt Review

A creepy performance by Anne Carlisle makes this watchable

July 18, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Since its unmemorable release in 1982, the Warhol-esque Liquid Sky has developed a rather significant cult following.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The film and its synth-laden soundtrack are celebrations of the 80s counter-culture.

August 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Liquid Sky

This was meant to appeal to that warhol-ish, "fuck me, im original." crowd. but if this was a book, and it looks like it might have been, then it wouldn't be very shocking at all since the characters talk like the kids in the hall in one of their bitchy, whatever sketches. your brain has to have a hole in it big enough to shove applesauce into with a wooden spoon if you have any hope of knowing what the fuck the movie means. anyway, its nice and pretty. and original and shit... once you see it you'll realize "oh, so Lady Gaga DID'NT come up with the idea for those ugly stupid costumes?"
May 29, 2011
LoughnerWasLucid

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Completely bizarre disjointed collection of psychedelic scenes can't even really be called a film at least in the narrative sense.
April 21, 2010
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jay nixon

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A bit too many rape scenes for my taste, otherwise I would've given this a full three stars. The theme song was awesome.
May 22, 2009
vierasesine

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AMAZING on SO many levels. Costumes that will bring to mind the results of "Project Runway" had they created it in the 80's. A sountrack that will blow your mind (and your Casiotone). And orgasmic seeking aliens! What more could you as for?
February 21, 2008
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